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It's my favorite time of the year. And not because of Christmas. It's World Juniors time, and as you know, I'm a bit obsessed with this tourney. I even take holidays to make sure I can watch every game, regardless of time zone.
Yeah, I need help.
But this year is different. I'm living the life of a fan and I'm doing the tourney. Yep, I bought the ticket package for Toronto and I'm happy as a pig in you-know-what.
Now, I'm not rich. Not by a long stretch. But one seat (in the upper bowl) to every game in Toronto – including the medal games – is still cheaper than a pair of median-priced tickets for one Maple Leafs game. Seriously.
Canada is playing its pool games in Montreal; I saw them in exhibition play and I'll see them again in the quarterfinals. And fingers crossed, the semis and medal rounds. But that doesn't mean there isn't great hockey being played in Toronto. We've been treated by the play of the Swedes, Russians, Czechs, Danes and Swiss. And the hockey has been flat-out amazing.
There have been a couple of real standouts. The Sweden-Russia game on Monday started out cautiously, but it was a barnburner by the end. Honestly, I think Russia should have won it – the Swedish twinetender clearly had horseshoes in his jock. And Tuesday's shootout win by Denmark over Switzerland was record setting. You can't buy moments like that.
Of course, I'm also watching